Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate, Media - 610-740-3790


Cornell University Professor, Mary Beth Norton, Ph.D., Delivers Lecture Based On Research From Her Recent Book,
" In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692"

"The freshest and most detailed account ...that we have had in a decade. ... A landmark achievement. It may well herald a new golden age in American history." --- The Los Angeles Times

Allentown, PA (March 22, 2004) - A celebration of Women's History Month continues as the Cedar Crest College History, Law and Politics Department and the Humanities Department sponsor an educational lecture entitled "Myth and Reality of Salem Witchcraft" on April 1, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center. The lecture by Mary Beth Norton, Ph.D., author of "In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692" is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Mary Beth Norton is a Mary Donlon Alger Professor of History at Cornell University where she specializes in early American and women's history. Norton has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She is a member of the 2003-2004 Distinguished Lectureship Program of the Organization of American Historians, largest professional organization for the investigation, study and teaching of American History. Professor Norton's lecture is being underwritten by funds from the Cedar Crest College cultural programs committee.

Norton has authored several history texts, including "The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in England, 1774-1789" (1972); "Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800" (1980; 1996); and "Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society" (1996), which was one of three finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History. She has co-authored a widely used introductory college American history text, "A People and a Nation," and has edited a number of anthologies on early U.S. and women's history.

Norton received a B.A from the University of Michigan where she graduated with high honors and high distinction in history. She went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information about the presentation, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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